Beginning with the earliest forms of communication, people have used line-based glyphs and pictograms as a way to share information. Wedges pressed into clay slabs, drawings on the walls of caves, and script writing all link our earliest ancestors to the creative process of conveying thoughts and information through linear images. Line-based drawing remains a critical component in the work of contemporary artists.

In LineWorks, GRACE will present a variety of multi-media works by five artists who utilize line as an essential element in their work. Featured artists Lee Gainer, Sarah Irvin, Nikki Painter, Foon Sham, and Sarah Weinstock all create work that relies fundamentally upon line drawing. In addition, they all explore how memories are formed, collected, and forgotten, using drawing to document their experiences.  The Greater Reston Arts Center’s gallery will be reconfigured into five independent spaces, each presenting a different and innovative process, expanding the definition of drawing itself.

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 15, 2014 6 – 8pm
Artist talk at 5:30pm

Video: Short talk featuring artist Sarah Irvin and LineWorks curator, Erica Harrison.
Image credit: Sarah Irvin, Myth (detail), 2013